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What is Real Faith? – Part Three: A Biblical Definition of Faith

February 28, 2007
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This week’s blog entry being more timely, let’s get right to it…

As a review, last week I continued our series on “What is Real Faith?” by exploring how the New Testament considers the life of Abraham as an example and model of faith for the Christian believer today. I presented Romans 4, Galatians 3, and Hebrews 6 and 7 as the three main New Testament passages that present the life of faith that Abraham modeled for us as believers. In Rom. 4, we learned that Abraham was justified by his faith, as it was accounted to him as righteousness. Galatians 3 presented to us the concept of the blessing of Abraham, which every believer is entitled to receive as a joint heir of Jesus Christ. Finally, in Hebrews 6 and 7, we saw how Abraham tithed as an exercise of his faith when he encountered Melchizedek, the original high priest. Now Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and likewise we should tithe to Him via the local church as an exercise of our faith in Jesus and the work He did for us on the cross.

This week I am going to continue defining faith, and contrasting real faith with its opposite, which is doubt and unbelief. We need to know what faith actually is, and what it is not, and that is the main purpose of this week’s entry. The first part of our definition of faith is really answered by what generates our faith, i.e. what is the origin of faith. Rom. 10:17 (NKJV) tells us, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” This concept is very important in developing a biblical definition of faith because one cannot have real faith in their life without hearing the Word of God. I absolutely agree that every believer needs to READ the Word of God as part of his or her daily devotional life, but this verse tells us that we must also HEAR the Word of God (and as James tell us later, DO the Word of God, for only the doers of the Word are blessed). So, real faith comes from hearing (and doing) the Word of God, and not just reading it on a daily basis.

But the New Testament really develops a definition of faith (and of doubt and unbelief, the opposite of faith) in the first and second chapters of the Book of James. James was very concerned with the believers in the early Church, because unlike modern times, there was much tribulations and trials, mostly consisting of persecution, directed towards Christians at the time James was writing his epistle. James 1:3-4 (NKJV) says, “The testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Our faith, as precious as it is, must be tested — it must be tried in order to be matured and perfected. Then James continued in verses 5-8, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Thus, James expressly taught here that doubt (and unbelief) is the basic opposite of faith. Jesus taught this even Himself. He said to the disciples in Mark 11:23, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” So, when doubt enters and contaminates our faith, we do not have real faith. We have something else, and that something else is called “presumption.” That is what James alludes to when he wrote in verse 7, speaking of the man who doubts, “For let not that man SUPPOSE that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Supposing that you will receive something from the Lord, when faith is mixed with doubt or unbelief is really presumption, and not real faith.

James then continues to define real faith in the second chapter of his epistle. He does this by developing the concept of mixing one’s faith with works. James. 2:14 (NKJV) says, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can [that] faith save him?” Here, in this part of his epistle, James is saying a real faith will be proved, or demonstrated, by good works. Its not that works save you, as most Catholics argue, but rather a real, genuine faith will be demonstrated by doing the works of righteousness that God has ordained for His children to do. James then continues in verses 17-18, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith BY my works.” The point James is making here is that as believers, we must demonstrate and show our faith with evidence of works. When I discuss exercising our faith, I will develop this further, but this concept is a key aspect of a biblical definition of faith. If we want to receive God’s blessings, both Paul and James tell us that it is the doers of the Word of God that are blessed, and not those who only hear the Word of God and develop their faith.

James also makes reference to the life of Abraham. I intentionally omitted this reference from last week’s entry because it is much more pertinent to my discussion this week than last week. James 2:21-24 (NKJV) tells us, “Was not our father Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works, faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by his works, and not by faith only.” This same example is brought up in Hebrews 11:17-19 (NKJV), “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac, your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him (Isaac) up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. These two passages exhort us as believers that we must mix our faith with our works in order for our faith to be effective. Mere believing will not suffice, but we must demonstrate our faith by corresponding action. Clearly, Abraham’s faith foreknew that God would be able to raise Isaac up, even from the dead, if Abraham continued to follow through with the sacrifice, which was divinely interrupted by God who sent a ram as a substitute. But, the key here is that real faith is defined by one’s “works,” which really means corresponding action that demonstrates one’s faith. If you really do not doubt, then you will gladly act on your faith.

Alright, that’s all for this week. Next week I’ll be discussing the subject of exercising our faith, and I’ll be looking at Mark 11 and other relevant passages that develop the theme of exercising one’s faith. Later in March, I will finish this series, by spending a few weeks on how God rewards our faith, i.e., the blessings of living a faith-filled life.

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What is Real Faith? – Part Two: Having the Faith of Abraham

February 23, 2007
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I apologize for this week’s entry being delayed until late Thursday night (actually Friday morning for most of you). I am in St. Louis, visiting my parents (I’m originally from St. Louis, although now I’m an Okie), and so I’ve been fairly busy this week. Finally, I have some time to work on this week’s entry, and I hope you enjoy it.

Last week I introduced our current series, “What is Real Faith?” and I provided two basic reasons why I am presenting this series. The first reason is that I believe 2007 is the year of the open heaven, the year of the open door, for us as believers, and thus we all need to have faith and believe for the desires that God has placed in our hearts, expecting Him to fulfill these things in our lives. God really wants to manifest Himself this year, and that cannot happen without us exercising our faith. The second reason why I am bringing this series is that each of us needs to shore up and solidify our faith as the foundation for our Christian walk, especially in the day and hour in which we live. Hebrews 12:25-28 (NAS) tells us, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking, for if those who did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.’ This expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service, with reverence and awe.” As I said last week, In the present day and hour, everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, and I certainly do not want to be moved. I want to be like the wise man that built his house on the foundation of the Rock, who is Jesus Christ, and the foundation of my faith in Jesus and things that He has wrought for me.

Also, as a matter of introduction, I began to define faith last week, looking at Heb. 11, the “faith chapter” in the Scriptures, paying close attention to the life of Abraham, as the Bible points to Abraham as being a man of great faith, and even the model for a life of faith for us as believers. So, this week, as I continue to define faith, I think it would be appropriate to look at the life of Abraham, as it is discussed in the New Testament, as a model of faith for us today. The Bible teaches that the lives of the Bible characters in the Old Testament are there for an example for us, and thus, we should learn from them. So, that’s why this week’s subtitle is “Having the Faith of Abraham,” as I believe that is available to every believer.

There are three key passages in which Paul writes and depicts the faith of Abraham as an example for us as believers. These three passages are in Romans 4, Galatians 3, and lastly Hebrews 6 and 7, and so lets look at these passages in turn, beginning with Romans 4:1-5 (NKJV), which states, “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.” I’ll come back to Rom. 4 in a moment, but first, this passage explains that Abraham was not justified on the basis of works, but on the basis of his faith, and this was before the Mosaic Law was established, under which God’s chosen people of old, Israel, was justified by that Law. Paul continues in verses 9-12 that for us as Christian believers, it does not matter whether we’re circumcised or not for God to account our faith in Jesus as our righteousness. Paul wrote in Rom. 4:9-12 (NKJV), “Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.” Thus, Paul taught that if we have the faith of Abraham, and believe in Jesus Christ for our salvation, then our faith is accounted to us as righteousness. Beginning in Rom. 4:13, Paul writes, “For the promise that he (Abraham) would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.” This means that the promise is not just salvation, but the very fact that we are joint heirs with Christ, we inherit the world with Christ, because we as believers are Abraham’s seed. All of this is because we enter the New Covenant through our faith in Christ and what He procured for us on the cross. Then Paul writes in Rom. 4:16-22, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham (i.e. Christians), who is the father of us all… in the presence of Him whom he believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things that do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he (Abraham) became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead… and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He (God) had promised, He was also able to perform. And therefore ‘it was accounted to him (Abraham) for righteousness.’” WOW, that is a long passage and a lot dissect. First, this passage tells us that the promise of God of an inheritance for God’s people is for all who believe according to the faith of Abraham. But then, in the latter half of this passage, Paul actually identifies several characteristics of faith. Paul also indicates characteristics of unbelief, which essentially is the opposite of faith. According to verse 20, wavering is a sign of unbelief, but faith strengthens your walk with God. Also, being fully convinced or fully persuaded is a sign of strong faith. And the result of faith is that the believer is made righteous in Christ.

Paul also writes about the faith of Abraham in Galatians 3. In Gal. 3:5-9 (NKJV), Paul writes, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? – Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’ So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” The first point that Paul makes here in this passage is that it is faith that makes one a son (and thus an inheritor) of Abraham. Secondly, Paul is saying, and says so expressly in a later verse, that if you have the faith of Abraham (and believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation), then you WILL be blessed…you will be blessed with the blessing of Abraham, and more on that in a moment. Paul then continues in Gal. 3:10-14, “For as many as are the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.’ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for ‘the just shall live by faith.’ Yet the law is not of faith, but ‘the man who does them shall live by them.’ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us… that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” The crux of this passage is seen in the last two verses, verses 13 and 14. The curse of law has many aspects, which are listed in Deut. 28, for those of you who would appreciate further study. However, Christ has redeemed us from all of that (although we must appropriate the redemption by faith, just like we do for our salvation). The result is that rather than receive the curse, we receive the blessing, much of which is also listed in Deut. 28. The blessing really is provided by the promise of the Holy Spirit, which we receive at salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ.

So then this promise and blessing is further re-iterated in Hebrews 6 and 7. The author of Hebrews writes in Heb. 6:13-20 (NKJV), “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he (Abraham) had patiently endured, he (Abraham) obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end to all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become our High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” The first point in this passage is that faith requires endurance. Heb. 6:12 tells us that faith and patience is required to enter the promises of God. Gal. 6:9 (KJV) further instructs us “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Second, this passage also makes clear that that God has determined to abundantly show us as believers, because we are the “heirs of promise,” that His counsel (God’s wisdom, etc.) is immutable, which means it cannot change, and thus we can confide in God and His wisdom and counsel, for it anchors our soul, and that is our consolation (our hope, our refuge, our salvation, etc.) Finally, this passage teaches us that the Anchor in Jesus, who is our High Priest before God. There is no longer a need for a mediator, for Jesus is the High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

But the author of Hebrews isn’t finished discussing Melchizedek, who was a precursor and a type of Christ. For Abraham, who had great faith, encountered Melchizedek. The author of Hebrews describes Melchizedek in Heb. 7:1-3, “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him (Melchizedek) a tenth of everything. First, his (Melchizedek’s) name means ‘king of righteousness’; then also, ‘king of Salem,’ meaning ‘king of peace.’ Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.” Thus, Melchizedek was the High Priest of his day, and because of this, as a matter of faith, Abraham blessed Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils of war. This was the first tithe. Some Christians teach that tithing is not for today, for it passed away with the Mosaic Law. But tithing started well before the Law of Moses, for not only did Abraham tithe as this passage describes, but Jacob also tithed to God. Jesus is our High Priest as well, and so I really do believe that when we tithe, we do so not under compulsion as under the Law, but as an exercise of our faith. I’ll speak more to that in a bit, but the main highlight of this passage is the background of Melchizedek, a true precursor of Christ. Like Jesus, Melchizedek is without genealogy, and has no beginning or end. Like Jesus, Melchizedek remains a priest forever. Melchizedek was the first king of righteousness and king of peace. So then, the author of Hebrews continues to describe Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek in Heb. 7:4-10, “Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people – that is, their brothers – even their brothers are descended from Abraham. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.” WOW, again this is a lot to dissect. The crux of this passage is that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, well before the descendants of Levi instituted the tithe as a matter of the Mosaic Law. While that Law has passed away, tithing has not passed away, for Abraham tithed as a matter of faith, and so likewise we should also tithe, as a matter of our faith towards God. Further, this passage indicates in verse 7, the lesser (the one who tithes) is blessed by the greater (Jesus) that receives the tithe through His Body, the Church.

Together, the three passages of Romans 4, Galatians 3, and Hebrews 6 and 7 depict Abraham as a model of the faith we should have as believers. Next week, I will begin the next part of this series, and discuss how the Bible defines faith, by contrasting what faith is, and what faith is not. Faith is clearly the opposite of doubt and unbelief, but also faith is not presumption. So, next week’s title will be “A Biblical Definition of Faith.” After next week, I’ll be getting into how we exercise our faith, for as it says in James, “Faith without works is dead.” I want my faith to be alive, not dead.

Blessings,
Jonathan


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What is Real Faith? – Part One: An Introduction

February 13, 2007
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As promised, this week I am beginning a new series here at “World of Faith” on “What is Real Faith?” Before I get into this week’s introduction, which will hopefully be brief, I want to provide two major reasons why I am bringing this series.

First, as I stated last week, I believe that 2007 is the year of the open heaven, the year of the open door, for us as believers. Thus, it is vital for us to believe for the desires that God has placed on our heart, and have faith, expecting God to fulfill the things He wants to do in our lives. God really wants to see it come to past this year. No matter what you are believing God for, whether it is for SOULS in the end time harvest; signs, wonders, and miracles to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in power; or simply for God to heal a loved one of sickness or disease; or simply for God to deliver you from financial debt; the Bible teaches that you need faith in order to receive what God has for you, and He wants each of us to receive EVERYTHING that He has for us. Thus, faith is important and vital in this regard.

Second, I believe that it is important for each one of us to shore up and make sure that our foundation of faith is solid, especially in the day and hour in which we live. Hebrews 12:25-28 (NAS) tells us, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking, for if those who did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.’ This expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service, with reverence and awe.” In the day and hour in which we live, everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, and I certainly do not want to be moved. Jesus says in Luke 6:47-49, “Whoever comes to me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Clearly, it is wise to be building our lives on a solid foundation of faith in the works that Christ has done for us. Hebrews 6 speaks to the elemental, foundational works, and I discussed those briefly in the previous series. However, the other side of the foundation, which undergirds and supports our journey and walk with God is our faith, the subject of this series. So, this week, I am going to begin discussing what exactly faith is, and then later this month, I am going to discuss what faith is not. After that, I’ll move into how we build and exercise our faith, and then conclude the series with how God will reward our faith, for Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) states, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” God will reward those who are faithful and diligent in His Kingdom.

But what is faith to begin with? Earlier in Hebrews 11, in verse 1, the author of Hebrews defines faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith has substance, and like anything that has substance (like clay), faith can be modeled. The New Testament is replete with examples of persons in times of old who have modeled for God’s people the kind of faith that God expects His people to have. The most prominent example of faithfulness that God has shown us is Abraham, and so throughout this series, I will be referring to what God did through the life of Abraham, and how the New Testament treats that. I will also discuss how Abraham’s pattern of faith carries over into the New Covenant, which clearly is better than Abraham had. For starters, Heb. 11:8-10 (NKJV) says, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, who builder and maker is God.” Thus, we see here from this passage that Abraham walked in faith with God — the proof of which is that Abraham obeyed God and stepped out in faith when God told him to do something. Obedience, seriously, is the proof of our faith; it is better than sacrifice. The Bible has a lot of passages that deal with Abraham, and show how Abraham exercised his faith. Next week, in Part Two, I will continue this thought, and discuss “Having the Faith of Abraham.”


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This Week… Taking a Break

February 4, 2007
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Dear Readers,

Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I’m going to deviate from what I promised I do, and wait a week to begin the new series, “What is Real Faith?” There is a lot going on in my life, personally, and in the life of my church. So, rather than share with you my typical lengthy post, this week I am “taking a break,” and just sharing several tidbits of interest from my Christian journey.

First, for those who’d like to know, I graduated law school last May, and passed the bar exam the first time this past September. I’ve been looking for my first law job since then. Well, last Friday I received a phone call from a law firm that is going to interview me tomorrow (on Monday). Thus, I’ve been busy preparing for the interview, and I ask that you pray and agree with me that I have divine favor in this interview, and in my job search for my first job as an attorney, in Jesus name.

Second, this morning, I turned on Daystar and watched an interesting program with a Southern Baptist pastor… Dr. Jack Graham, of Prestonwood Baptist in Dallas. Sometimes I agree with what he says, and sometimes I do not. Today, in light of my recent series, “What is Charismatic?” and my new series, “What is Real Faith?” I was especially interested in his sermon, entitled “Having a Full Throttle Faith,” or something to that effect. Dr. Graham made the statement that every Christian has the indwelling Holy Spirit, but NOT every Christian has an engagement with the Holy Spirit that gives the fuel to be a bold witness for Christ, which we are all commanded and exhorted in Acts 1:8 to be (you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you). Thus, at least one Southern Baptist is making a distinction between the indwelling and filling/empowerment of the Holy Spirit (or anointing of the Holy Spirit, as some describe it). As a charismatic, I like that — I believe in that distinction, too. Just something to think about for you, my readers.

Then I got in a little “trouble” at church this morning. We have a guest speaker in town this weekend from Philadelphia, and he preached this morning (Sunday), and is also will minister tonight, Monday night, and Tuesday night (its going to be a busy week, because we also have Wednesday night mid-week, and Thursday night young adult Bible study). Anyways, Saturday they had a meeting with the guest speaker for “leadership.” I wasn’t there. No one ever told me I was included automatically in “leadership.” No one told me what time this meeting was happening. I didn’t know that I was considered in “leadership” just because I serve on our praise and worship team. So, I’m gonna have to get the CD, and listen to what was said.

Lastly, I want to provide everyone with a preview of next week’s start of the new series, “What is Real Faith?” I believe, along with those in my church, that 2007 is the year of the open heaven, the year of the open door. What are you believing for? God wants to see it come to past this year. My pastor’s pastor lives in LaSalle, Ill., which is near Chicago. A few weeks ago he called up my pastor, and told him about a 3-part dream he had concerning my pastor. In the first part of my dream, my pastor’s pastor was riding in my pastor’s car, but an angel was driving the car. When they arrived at my pastor’s house, sitting in the driveway was another car, nicer than the one my pastor currently drives. My pastor’s pastor asked the angel who the new car belonged to, and the answer was my pastor. Then, in the second part of the dream, my pastor’s pastor came across a man dressed like an outdoorsman, sitting at a table. The man was writing a check. My pastor’s pastor asked who the check was for, and the answer was that it was for my pastor. Further, my pastor’s pastor could not discern the amount, except that he saw six zeros on the check… praise God! Finally, in the third part of the dream, both my pastor, and his pastor, were riding together in a jet plane. Now my pastor’s pastor is believing for a specific jet plane, but he wasn’t sure if it was THAT jet plane in the dream. However, in this last segment, both my pastor and his pastor knew in the dream that they were living in an open heaven, and could have whatever desires God has placed in their hearts.

What desires has God placed in your heart? What are you believing God for? Are you believing God to win SOULS in the end time harvest? Are you believing for signs, wonders, and miracles to demonstrate the Kingdom of God? If you’re believing for anything, the Bible teaches that you need faith in order to receive what God has for you, and I don’t know about you, but I want EVERYTHING that God has for me. Thus, faith is an important topic, and I’ll begin to discuss “What is Real Faith?” in next week’s post. But that’s this week’s tidbits.

Blessings,
Jonathan K.


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